A.J. and Jen Filipelli & John and Kirsti Harley are the co-founders of INIZI Wines. INIZI means beginnings in Italian. The name INIZI came from their belief that a bottle of wine begins in the vineyard. Founders A.J. and John became friends while attending Fresno State University. A.J. studied Viticulture (farming of grapes) and John studied Enology (winemaking). After graduating in 2007, A.J. quickly moved up in his respected field to become the Area Manager for a large vineyard management company, and now farms 2,500 acres of premium vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Their mutual love of wine made them quick and life-long friends. Using as little new oak as possible, INIZI utilizes older barrels to age their wines to perfection.
Widely planted last century, only around 80 acres remain in California. The vineyard is owned and farmed by the Heitz Bros. Vineyards. The vineyard is affectionately called "Flynnville" - a name many of the Napa locals have for the southern Calistoga area. The vineyard itself is 1.5 acres of 40+ year old head trained and dry farmed vines. The vineyard is composed primarily of crushed volcanic clay and sits in the southern part of the new Calistoga AVA. After hand sorting and destemming, the grapes are allowed to rest in cold soak for four hours and then transferred off the skins to barrel for fermentation. After primary fermentation is complete the barrels are stirred once a week.
Mendocino County, "Hi-Jump" White
80% Viognier, 20% Tocai Friulano
The grapes are sourced from two vineyards, Foxhill and McDowell, both at the extreme edges of Mendocino County. The grapes were harvested between August 28th and September 6th, whole cluster pressed and allowed to settle for 24 hours, then racked to stainless steel tanks where fermentation begins. Once the wine reached 12 brix, it was moved to netural French oak barrel for 5 months to finish fermentation.
Napa Valley, Caslistoga, Charbono
Widely planted last century, only around 80 acres remain in California. This wine is true to it’s mountain roots. It’s intense ink hue surrounds the soft tannin and balanced acidity. The vineyard (still unnamed) is composed primarily of crushed volcanic clay and sits in the southern part of the new Calistoga AVA. Being that the vines are 40 years old and dry farmed, the wine gives an extremely rich and creamy experience while pairing perfectly with almost any dish.
Approachable, rich, and round. Our HI-JUMP Red Blend showcases the best of each contributing variety. The blend changes from year to year but always remains based on Italian Varieties. The intense tannin from Sangiovese, the soft structure of Montepulciano, and the incredible depth and power of Cabernet Sauvignon. It remains true to its rustic roots showing off classic tannin of Sangiovese with the soft structure of Montepulciano and power of Cabernet.